I think the conventional wisdom would say that after Bosco had a lot of things exposed against Servite, Bosco is going to struggle on the road this week against a good JSerra team, and Servite is going to push arch rival Mater Dei to the limit.
I gotta say though, I just don’t see it going down like that.
I think Negro is going to channel the blazing hatred he had for those Servite game refs at OCC, that got him a POSTGAME flag on the way to the handshake line (LOL), into getting after the a$$es of his players this week. Especially after JSerra had them on the ropes last year in Bellflower.
Negro knows this is a breaking point in the season, and they can’t be BSing around thinking about the MD game and national titles.
I think Bosco will come out ready to prove a point against the best team they’ve played to date, knowing that the Lions are gunning for them and have had this game circled since last October. I see Bosco winning this one by double digits. Although I hope JSerra either proves me wrong and it’s a thriller, or a late score by SJB makes it look worse than it was.
As far as MD/Servite, I expect this to be chippy all the way from pregame to the postgame interviews like it always is. It DEFINITELY was last fiesty last year before AND after the whistle:
But as much as we know TT will not have to do much to get the boys fired up, as much as they’ll (literally) come out swinging, and as many clever chants as the “Asylum” will put together, I just think this is a bad matchup for Servite.
The Friars attacked the Bosco secondary (a Bosco weak spot) with success (Bosco also has a suspect pass rush without sending blitzers). Mater Dei’s secondary is the strength of its defense, as is its pass rush with Raesjon Davis and Fuamatu and Leutele and Salazar/Narayan, among others. I don’t see Fifita/Centers/McMillan and company having nearly as much success this week as last. Even in 1 on 1 matchups.
Servite’s run game is suspect, so they lack balance and thats usually a death knell against an Eric Johnson defense. Ask St Frances. I’m not saying they can’t score, but I don’t see them consistently driving on MD, NOR do I see them consistently making chunk plays. Although given the tendencies of kids like Domani Jackson to be boom or bust, I can imagine the Friars will get behind MD a few times.
But overall, we KNOW Servite ALWAYS has the Monarchs attention. Urban Meyer’s rivalry dedication and still refusing to refer to Michigan by name even working TV has NOTHING on Rollo and how serious he takes this rivalry (even if he does call them by name). Every MD player understands the seriousness of this game, it’s bred into them, even the transfers lol. They will be ready (see the video above for reference).
I haven’t said much about the MD offense v the Servite defense because, well, that’s a mismatch. I honestly can’t see Servite holding MD under 40 in this game, probably 50, for various and obvious reasons. Not the least of which is the Monarchs having a likely future pro at QB.
I don’t see Servite scoring 24 points in this game, let alone 40. So I got the Monarchs, and I don’t think there will be that much suspense. Although there will be a lot of 2nd half personal fouls and long arm handshakes in the post game line.